Have You Canceled Your Hotel Stay in Arizona Because of New Immigration Law?
Poolside at the Hotel Valley Ho.
Last week, the state of Arizona enacted a severe new immigration law that aims to "identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants." Anyone caught without their immigration papers could be detained by law enforcement and anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant can be questioned and detained by law enforcement.
So what does this have to do with hotels? Well, it turns out several people feel so strongly about how awful this law is that they are canceling their trips to Arizona and subsequently, their hotel reservations. A luxury travel agent told us that two of their clients canceled their hotel stays specifically because they refused to pay revenue to state that would pass such a harsh law.
This could be just one example of hundreds of other cancellations going on at Arizona hotels. Indeed, USA Today has found a bunch of other businesses calling for a boycott of the law.
This is definitely not a great time for Arizona hotels to be losing out on visitors. The state's hospitality industry was hit especially hard in Phoenix and Scottsdale where the number of new hotels and new hotel rooms far outpaced the demand. When the economy collapsed in late 2008, Arizona hotels saw their RevPar crash and burn. Many hotels are in foreclosure and the industry is still weak at best.
So maybe this is something Governor Jan Brewer should think about--how the immigration law will affect Arizona businesses and tourism, ya think?
Have you canceled your hotel stay in Arizona because of the new immigration law? If so, let us know in comments below!